Sam, with a 'crew' of three aboard, launched at 7 this morning at Houseman Access and move upriver to check out the trout bite above the Hwy 62 bridge. It took nearly two hours to convince us that the trout in that area were not biting! Guess we got so excited that the “slot” fish that we had to throw back we just hated to quit. We changed location and were pleasantly rewarded with excellent results and the rest of the outing went by very quickly. Once we started catching, the rainbows liked all the bait we threw, and we tried it all. A word of warning if you are out below the 62 bridge. Despite the fact that Table Rock Lake is now higher than it has been for nearly a month and the river level is up a bit, the water there is still extremely shallow.
Yesterday, I fished both in the morning and later in the afternoon. Bank-fished on both occasions, in the AM at Bertrand Launch Ramp and at the gravel bar by RA-1 (launch ramp closest to Beaver Dam) in the PM. Caught and released 15 at each location using garlic, yellow and fluorescent red power bait. The bite is good on the upper reaches of the river if you are in the bank-fishing mode.
Generation for the day is slated from 2 through 5 PM at 44% of capacity. The winds will be from the SSW at 20 MPH, which will make ultralite fishing a challenge. Today will be partly cloudy with a predicted high temperature of 86ºF. If you get the chance, go try your luck!